TOKYO Feb 4 Japanese utility Tohoku Electric
Power Co said on Tuesday it has signed a 15-year
contract to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatargas 3 from
LNG imports by Japan, the world's top buyer of the
super-cooled fuel, have jumped since the Fukushima nuclear
disaster and utilities have been looking to boost supplies from
North America to diversify supply sources and lower prices.
Under the new contract, Tohoku will buy 60,000 to 90,000
tonnes a year of LNG from 2016 to 2018 and about 180,000 tonnes
a year from 2019 to 2030, its spokesman said.
Tohoku declined to provide any details on how the Qatar gas
will be priced.
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Tom Hogue)